LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington’s Urban County Council voted 9-6 Thursday evening to increase the minimum wage from the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour to $10.10, to be phased-in over a three year period. The measure does exempt agricultural workers and tipped employees. Mayor Jim Gray says he will sign the measure. Dozens of people spoke for and against the increase prior to the vote.
Here’s the wage increase schedule:
July 1, 2016: $8.20 an hour
July 1, 2017: $9.15 an hour
July 1, 2018: $10.10 an hour
Council members who voted for the increase: Jennifer Mossotti, James Brown, Jake Gibbs, Shevawn Akers, Peggy Henson, Angela Evans, Susan Lamb, Richard Moloney and Vice Mayor Steve Kay.
Council members who voted against the increase: Amanda Bledsoe, Russ Hensley, Bill Farmer, Fred Brown, Jennifer Scutchfield and Kevin Stinnett.
Last December, Louisville became the first city in Kentucky to raise its minimum wage. A group of businesses sued the city, claiming local governments don’t have the authority to set the minimum wage. The lawsuit is currently before the Kentucky Supreme Court.
The federal government has not raised the minimum wage since 2009.